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Expedia survey finds 80% of Hong Kongers would consider getting married overseas

March 8, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email, the world’s largest online travel agency, has found that Hong Kongers are more and more considering overseas destinations to host their dream wedding.

Research conducted by found that over 80% of participants would consider an overseas wedding, including the wedding ceremony and registration. In the 18 to 24 year olds age group, 85% would consider having a destination wedding, the highest percentage of all age groups that took part.

Half of the 300 survey participants said that an overseas wedding would offer the unique experience they are looking for. Over 20% would choose to have their wedding abroad due to cost; overseas weddings cost less than a traditional Hong Kong wedding banquet, and 14% go as far as to say that traditional Chinese weddings have become boring and predictable. Intriguingly, 9% would exclude distant family members from their weddings.

The research shows that the most popular overseas wedding destinations for Hong Hongers are the Maldives (31%), Japan (17%) and France (16%), followed by Italy (9%) and Guam (9%). The two most important criteria for a wedding abroad are stunning views (77%), the price (43%) and having a beautiful church (31%). 37% expect to spend more than HK$200,000 for a wedding overseas.

The survey results also showed that guests attending an overseas wedding would be less generous with their choice of wedding gift in monetary terms with 30% of guests stating that they would give HK$1,000 as a gift and 28% who would give HK$1,000 to HK$2,000. Only 13% would give HK$2,000 or more to the newly married couple.

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